‘The Greensboro PAC’

Meblogin:  “…it is time for a new PAC in town…one that supports what is best for all Greensboro and not only special interests.”  What a damn fine idea.  Count me in.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to organize such a PAC among people with checks to write claiming to have the best interests of “all of Greensboro” at heart.  But it might be worth a try.  Generally PACs are formed to forward a particular point of view or advocate for – or against – ‘special interests’.

One item of ‘special interest’ that I would throw a few dollars and hours toward is ‘transparency in governance’.  I can see a whole host of people, from all sides of the political spectrum, backing candidates who pledge and/or actually demonstrate a committment to install bright, flourescent lights in formerly smoke-filled rooms (figuratively speaking, of course).

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7 Comments

  1. Posted November 12, 2007 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Are the “Citizens for Good Government” still around? They tried to be a non-partisan promoter of good government, but their rolls were shrinking last time I heard anything about them.

  2. Brenda Bowers
    Posted November 12, 2007 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Left this on Me’s site as a comment: “One way to move if you ever get started is to truly support the candidates you feel offer what your groups stand for. By support I mean not only dollars but getting out there and behind those who are working for your view and denouncing loudly those who do not. AND DOING IT ALL WITH THAT IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND COMMODITY IN GREENSBORO: TRANSPARENCY!

    There seem to bee PACS around I have been told but the only one I have heard about is the Simkins PAC. They of course do their best work behind closed doors and in basement rooms. The others, if there are any, are keeping mighty quiet.

    Are you ready to lead a new group Me? BB

  3. Spag/The CA
    Posted November 12, 2007 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Simkins is about controlling a large portion of black voters. Unless we want to condone this kind of racial polarization by starting a “white vote” PAC, it is best to steer clear of this idea.

    Simkins’ power rests in its ability to turn out voters based on race, pure and simple. It’s not really about issues. The only way to counter that is with another PAC based on race and that seems counterproductive and cynical to me, not to mention impossible to pull off unless you have enough people who think like the Klan in your ranks.

    Any other type of PAC would end up fighting over policy and candidates. Simkins doesn’t really have that problem for the reasons previously stated.

    Meb’s idea sounds good, but in reality won’t work.

  4. Posted November 12, 2007 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Sam,

    You are wrong. It could work. But it would take people who think it could from the git go.

    I wasn’t thinking along the lines of countering the Simpkins PAC. (nor, I doubt, was meb) Truth is, in my part of town, what is good and appealing for the black community is also good for me and mine.

    The idea might not, and probably won’t, go much further than this conversation, but I think that a committed group of people, rallying around a short list of issues, could influence an election. Didn’t Margaret Mead have something to say about that?

    I’ve seen it happen just within the bounds of my neighborhood. There’s no reason it couldn’t happen on a wider scale.

  5. Spag/The CA
    Posted November 13, 2007 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    “Truth is, in my part of town, what is good and appealing for the black community is also good for me and mine.”

    That’s probably true in most places, but Simkins needs a reason to make it appear not to be so in order to maintain its existence.

  6. joe wilson
    Posted November 13, 2007 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Members of my campaign staff have decided to become a quasi PAC and monitor the mating habits of local governement.We need your name on the roster.

  7. Posted November 13, 2007 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Sam,

    Please provide a few more sentences as I do not understand why a PAC that supports what is good for our city with no racial agenda can not exist and be a strong positive for all of us.

    It sounds like you are making the assumption that all or most black voters blindly support the Simkins PAC.

    I believe that we all need good alternatives.

    It sounds like another good lunch topic to me.